Trinity Field Hockey Foiled Late By Amherst In Last Regular Season Game

Paula Shea '14 was one of six Bantams playing in her final game on Sheppard Field
Paula Shea '14 was one of six Bantams playing in her final game on Sheppard Field

Hartford, Conn. – Senior tri-captain forward Krista Zsitvay (New Vernon, N.J.) scored twice and sophomore Annika Nygren (Sudbury, Mass.) netted the game-winner with 3:47 left in the second half to lead the visiting Amherst College Lord Jeffs to a 3-2 victory over the Trinity College Bantams in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) field hockey regular-season finale for both teams this evening on Sheppard Field.  Trinity closes the regular campaign with its first setback in four games and an 8-6 overall mark, while the No. 7-ranked Lord Jeffs finish up at 12-2 overall after an 0-2 start to the year.  With a 5-5 league record, Trinity will be the No. 6-seed in the NESCAC Championship Tournament, and will open the post-season at No. 3-seeded Bowdoin on Saturday, November 2 at 1 p.m. in the quarterfinals.  Top-seeded Amherst, 9-1 in NESCAC play, will host Wesleyan in its quarterfinal game on Saturday at 1 p.m.

After an early goal by Zsitvay from junior forward Madeline Tank (Winnetka, Ill.) gave Amherst a 1-0 lead the halftime, Trinity regrouped and tied the contest four minutes after the break on goal by junior defender Sophie Doering (Darien, Conn.) off a penalty corner.  Bantam senior tri-captain defender Sarah Duncan (Dedham, Mass.) and classmate Julia Rivera (Silver Spring, Md.) assisted on the play. 

A pair of penalty strokes accounted for all the scoring over the next 24 minutes.  Trinity rookie Samantha Sandler (Madison, Conn.) converted on her second stroke in as many games just 1:35 after Doering’s tally to give herself two goals on two shots this season, and Zsitvay returned the favor with 6:59 remaining in the second half.  Nygren followed with the clincher from the left side just past a diving Trinity sophomore goalie Sophie Fitzpatrick (Duxbury, Mass.) just 3:12 later, although three consecutive shots inside the last minute from close by Doering after one final Bantam penalty corner were blocked, saved, and just off the mark, respectively.  Fitzpatrick made eight saves and Amherst junior goalie Rachel Tannenbaum (Berwyn, Pa.) had seven saves.